Laptop Orchestra by Toshiba is basically “an interactive synaesthetic instrument, designed for performances of audio visual compositions in real time.” Video from NextFest ’06 after the jump.
The space conformation of the fifteen laptops, arranged on regular rows, brings back to the formation of an orchestral group. On each one of them is installed a Software consisting in algorithms which activate sounds and abstract visual shapes based on color spectrum. Each laptop has its own sound and its own instructions for the construction of a shape. Interacting from the orchestra conductor podium, lightly touching metal stems, it is possible to activate or deactivate each single laptop , permitting the generation of an endless number of different compositions